My ancestor, Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr., (5 January 1779 – 22 March 1820) was an American naval officer notable for his heroism in the Barbary Wars (with the Muslim Barbary Pirates) and in the War of 1812. He was the youngest man to reach the rank of captain in the history of the United States Navy and the first American celebrated as a national military hero who had not played a role in the American Revolution.
My father, T. R. Decatur, Jr., served with distinction in the U.S. Navy during WWII (Naval Air Transport Services), and my eldest son, Will, is a decorated combat veteran, having served three tours (two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan) with the U.S. Army 391st Combat Engineers. Our family has a tradition of serving in the U.S. military and would not have it any other way. When we took our Oath, we noted that there is NO expiration date !
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"Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong."